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Southington prevails in muddy battle with Simsbury

SOUTHINGTON, Nov. 16 – It’s been a year of challenges for the Simsbury High football team. Why should that change in the second-to-last game of the

Simsbury’s Garrett Crowe (53) is covered with mud during Wednesday’s game with Southington. (Photo coutesy of Joe Mulshine)

season? Playing a steady rain and a foot-grabbing mud, the Trojans fought valiantly but fell to Southington, 14-8 on Wednesday night at muddy Fontana Field.

Southington took a 6-0 lead on a 13-yard run from Matt O’Connor in the first quarter. Simsbury’s Christian Martinez (21-126) scooped up a third down fumble in the second quarter and rambled 24 yards for a touchdown. Andrew Girard’s two-point conversion gave the Trojans a 8-6 advantage.

Southington (6-3) took a 14-8 lead when Corbin Garry (9-77) ran 68 yards for a touchdown. Andrew Walowski scored on a two-point conversion pass from Stephen Barmore.

Photo courtesy of Joe Mulshine

“My feet were sucking down to the ground every step I took,” Garry told the Meriden Record Journal. “I just had to power through (with) choppy steps and get to the end zone.”

Simsbury had one last chance, driving to the Trojan 37 with 8:57 left in the game but the drive stalled when Knight LB Andrew Waloski made a tackle for a three-yard loss on fourth down.

 

Southington 14, Simsbury 8
At Southington
Simsbury (3-6)       0  8  0  0 – 8
Southington (6-3)  6  0  8  0 – 14
First Quarter
SO–Matt O’Connor 13 run (run failed), 2:08
Second Quarter
SI–Christian Martinez 24 run (Andrew Girard run), 11:08
Third Quarter
SO–Corbin Garry 57 run (Andrew Walowski pass from Stephen Barmore), 3:35
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Southington — Garry 9-76, Matt O’Connor 13-75, Stephen Barmore 8-17
PASSING: Southington — Barmore 6-9-0, 24

RECEIVING: Southington — Andrew Walowski 3-21, O’Connor 1-5, Garrity 2-minus 2

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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